Summary judgment in favor of vacation rental management company in a premises liability case.
The plaintiff testified that she tripped and fell while leaving the home as the sidewalk from the front door to the parking lot had three steps. She claimed that she could not see the step-down because it was dark. However, she ultimately admitted that she did not know where she was looking or whether she just forgot the step was there. The management contract for that home required specific maintenance and housekeeping services, but the property manager had no control over the exterior sidewalks, landscaping or lighting within the resort. The manager did have an obligation to change standard light bulbs, including the one over the front door, but there was no testimony to suggest that this light was not working or that the bulb had to be replaced. The court agreed that summary judgment was proper as there was no duty or obligation going toward the areas of the premises at issue and there was no genuine dispute as to any material fact regarding the porch light.